Queen and Adam Lambert release new lockdown version of 'We Are The Champions'
1 May 2020, 16:33
Queen and Adam Lambert have released a new lockdown version of 'We Are The Champions', this time titled 'You Are The Champions'.
The new version of the iconic song will be used to fundraise, with proceeds going to the "COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organisation powered by the United Nations Foundation to support frontline health workers".
A statement released by the band said: "The Fund provides tools and resources to health workers on the frontlines globally, including PPE, testing kits, trainings, and more. Additionally, the Fund supports the rapid development of a vaccine and therapeutics."
Brian and Roger have been performing virtual concerts from their homes while in lockdown, with Brian posting an invitation to jam with him on the classic Queen track on his Instagram.
Roger was first to respond, followed by Adam who in his at-home performance changed the lyric mid-song to "You are the Champions".
Fans called for the track to be made available to download, with the released song also including bass player Neil Fairclough.
Brian said: "It seems to me we should dedicate this one to all the front-line soldiers fighting for Humanity against the insurgent coronavirus.
"Just like our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents who fought for us in two world wars, those brave warriors in the front line are our new champions.
Watch the video for 'You Are The Champions' here:
"That means the doctors, nurses, cleaners, porters, drivers, tea-ladies and gentlemen, and all who are quietly risking their lives daily to save the lives of our kin. Champions all!!!"
Roger said: "As a father with a daughter in the front line, I am ultra-aware of the vital work they are doing daily to save us and our society.
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"Their bravery and sacrifice must not be prejudiced by anything less than a one hundred per cent effort by our governments to protect them. They are precious to us all and they are truly our champions."
Adam added: "It is with the deepest gratitude to all those on the frontline all over the world that we dedicate our performance. Thank you for keeping us safe, we are in awe of your bravery and strength."